No foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord
should say,
“The Lord will exclude me from His people”;(A)
and the eunuch should not say,
“Look, I am a dried-up tree.”(B)

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And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord
minister to Him, love the name of Yahweh
and become His servants,
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
and who hold firmly to My covenant—

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“I assure you,” He said, “unless you are converted[a] and become like children,(A) you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 18:3 Or are turned around

15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make one proselyte,(A) and when he becomes one, you make him twice as fit for hell[a] as you are!

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 23:15 Lit twice the son of gehenna

When they had been sent on their way by the church,(A) they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, explaining in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and they created great joy among all the brothers.

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27 For the hearts of these people
have grown callous,
their ears are hard of hearing,
and they have shut their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their heart,
and be converted,
and I would heal them.(A)[a]

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Greet also the church that meets in their home.(A)
Greet my dear friend Epaenetus, who is the first convert[a](B) to Christ from Asia.[b](C)

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 16:5 Lit the firstfruits
  2. Romans 16:5 Other mss read Achaia

He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the Devil.(A)

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